Industries are constantly changing, and so are the available solutions. We all seek to find greater efficiencies and meet new demands by using technology solutions to get us there. We look to outsource or internally build solutions in hope to meet our goals in the best way possible. As we do, the great debate lives on – to outsource or not to outsource.

“The challenge of managing the intersection of people, processes, and information is not a new one,” wrote AIIM’s President, John Mancini in his 2015 whitepaper, “Content Management 2020: Thinking Beyond ECM.” Mancini explains that the business challenges of managing this intersection do not change, but the technology and timeframes businesses use to manage it do.

With the news media bombarding us with nightly headlines about the leaking of confidential information and massive security breaches of both the physical and digital variety, you would think that the subject of security would be the seminal issue of our day.  And while in some ways the issue of security is paramount from a societal perspective, there is an aspect of security related to business information workflow that gets little attention – securing traditional office technology.

The workforce looks much different today than it did 10 years ago, thanks to the pervasiveness of mobile technology. The cloud is ever-expanding, free Wi-Fi is common in public places, smartphones are ubiquitous, and people around the world are taking advantage.

Since the end of prohibition in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, the marijuana industry has been booming. Like the Big Bang, the industry expanded to huge proportions in a very short period­­­ — and it shows no sign of slowing down. In 2014, the first year pot could be sold legally in the U.S., revenues fell just shy of $700,000,000; just one year later, revenues nearly hit one billion dollars. Nationwide, revenues totalled 5.4 billion dollars in 2015, and currently, the weed industry is valued at $7.2 billion. According to ArcView, that number will balloon to over $20 billion by 2020.

Transitioning from a career in the U.S. military into the civilian workforce, regardless of position, can be difficult due to varying skills, personalities, and processes within each military branch. Yet, the military is still run like a large business, and veterans who are entering Corporate America have an edge in terms of skills that few others can claim: advanced data analyst knowledge.

Today more than 90 percent of information is digital. Still, every day, time is wasted on searching for and rereading documents. A basic document management solution benefits businesses by decreasing misplaced documents, storage space, and search times. Through a secure central storage location, documents are able to be better organized and efficiency is created.

As we approach World Paper Free Day 2016, now more than ever, why, how and where companies should remove paper from their business has become quite clear. Digital transformation of processes has become a requirement to survive in today’s technology driven, mobile-enabled work environments. Manual, paper-based processes are error-prone, inefficient and labor intensive.

I never really thought about how there could be confusion between growth and scale until a co-worker asked me the other day. When I speak about an ECM solution being scalable, primarily, I want an SMB customer to understand that we need to think about their strategy and the systems that they are using to support their expansion.

Driving its digital transformation initiative, Lexmark recently announced improvements to several of its software products — Kofax Kapow, Insight, Mobile Capture, SignDoc and Claim Agility — to complement the Kofax TotalAgility platform. Digital transformation — the application of digital technologies to automate business processes as a means to increase efficiency — builds on top of the customer engagement automation solutions offered under Kofax "First Mile” initiative.